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    New cable in place, was one foot too long but seems to be working. Will see what happens in the long run ...
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    You didn't use the rollerfurling on the way up the coast?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanH View Post
    You didn't use the rollerfurling on the way up the coast?
    Allow me to share a few details about the sail arrangements on Changabang (CaB for short). I'm not aware of everything since I've not tried everything yet.

    1. Mainsail: Dyneema/Black Technora, square top, lazy jacks, 3 reefs, on a Ronstan mast track/battcar system.
    ==> There is also an old Dacron mainsail that I'm trying to refurbish for practice.
    ==> It would be nice to do a full maintenance on the track/battcars, considering that this is what erminated Alex Alley's attempt.

    2. White headsails:
    2.1. Solent aka genoa: sits on the headstay with soft/Dyneema hanks. Same material, supposedly reefable with zippers but the zipper system is dead. There are reef grommets as well.
    ==> It would be nice to have a backup here. The invoice of the new one is about $10,000 ... That's not in the budget :-)

    2.2. Trinquette aka staysail: sits on a removable headstay with soft/Dyneema hanks. Same material. Not used yet.
    ==> There is also an older Dacron staysail that I am having refurbished, and which we used on the way up the Coast.

    3. Storm sails: one trysail (which I'm not sure how I'll attach to the mast owing to the fact that it uses grommets), one large storm jib (appears unused), one smaller storm jib (appears well used, and needs a bit of repair too).

    4. Free flying headsails:
    1. Code 0 on 2:1 halyard with continuous furler; 2009. Looked ok when I used it although I didn't look at it much as I had other things on my mind!
    2. Gennaker same as above. 2007.
    3. Masthead spinnaker; 2017; with sock.
    4. Fractional spinnaker; 2007; supposedly reefable; with sock.

    Voila ... More to come as I get the sails out in the air doing their thing ...
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    Without wanting to boast or doing the "don't jinx it" thing, I would like to highlight a couple things. When I bought Double Espresso I first motored in the Santa Cruz harbor. Those were very timid steps, and the learning curve was steep.
    When CaB arrived in San Diego, I had to take possession of a boat mostly 100% new to me, in the slings of a crane, and a few things went wrong. But we managed as a team, and CaB got safely to SGYC.
    Then we mostly motored to Oxnard in a boat still new to me. Then we sailed to HMB, two of us, in the conditions that we know.
    And a few days ago I went solo, casting off and trying new things.
    I am just amazed at the distance I have covered since those early days with DE.
    For sure those early successes are a strong reflection of the boat's quality.
    And the learning curve remains very steep, especially wrt boat systems, navigation and heavy weather handling.
    I'm gratefull for all those who helped me along the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamottep View Post
    ........~~~~~/)~~~~~~
    And a few days ago I went solo, casting off and trying new things.
    I am just amazed at the distance I have covered since those early days with DE.
    For sure those early successes are a strong reflection of the boat's quality.
    And the learning curve remains very steep, especially wrt boat systems, navigation and heavy weather handling.I'm grateful for all those who helped me along the way.
    +1 We appreciate your candidness and reminding we all can learn, any age. Thank you.

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    I read your thread and I am inspired. Thanks.

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